Product Specialist

All interested candidates should forward their resume and cover letter to jobs@griffinmail.com.

Title: Product Specialist
Location(s): Lisle, Illinois

Summary: Under direct supervision from the Business Manager of Plugs or Plants, the Product Specialist position is responsible for managing the workflow, commercial support activities and supplier management activities of the assigned product lines and vendors. Product specialist may be called upon from time to time to cross-train and perform the duties of the various team members.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Analyze current and future product lines to determine their fit with current market trends
  • Evaluate current product lines and vendors and recommend appropriate action
  • Meet with suppliers to exchange ideas on how to enhance profitable sales
  • Develop programs for the sale and marketing of assigned product lines
  • Create sales tools e.g. mailings, variety information, photos
  • Prepare customized sales information for sales reps, other internal personal and customers
  • Ensure price page updates of new offerings
  • Create product pricing from vendor offerings to maximize profitability
  • Develop quotes using excel
  • Review sales history to assist sales reps in capturing unbooked business
  • Generate quotes for sales reps and customers via Prelude and Excel
  • Develop gross margin reports to insure maximum profitability and take appropriate actions when reports indicate that profitability does not meet company standards
  • Negotiate with vendors for the best costs for standard and custom orders
  • Assist in the development of business plans for assigned product lines
  • Communicate any open issues and make recommendations for problem resolution

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

  • Knowledge of assigned product lines would be preferred, such as plugs, perennials, un-rooted cuttings, and poinsettias
  • Knowledge of horticultural marketing
  • A Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, business, or equivalent experience in the horticulture industry
  • At least two years of experience working with horticultural product lines preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to make quick decisions in an environment where there are multiple priorities and requests.
  • Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities
  • Proven interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated time management and multitasking skills

Equal Opportunity Employer

All interested candidates should forward their resume and cover letter to jobs@griffinmail.com.

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All submitted resumes will be reviewed by our Human Resources Department. We will contact you if we determine you to be qualified for the available position. If we find that we do not have a position available that suits your experience and qualifications, we will retain your information for one year and contact you if an appropriate position becomes available. Thank you for your interest in Griffin Greenhouse Supplies.

Griffin Greenhouse Supplies is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status or any other protected classifacation under the law.

Griffin will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity in all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, promotion, salary, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment and discharge.